Saturday, April 4, 2009

China Railway Museum

Above: Steam locomotives! Chinese General Zhu De traveled by the one on left, Chairman Mao ZeDong by the other. Photo gallery below.


China Railway Museum
PICTORIAL - MY STEAMIEST LOCOMOTIVE EXPERIENCE

Steam locomotives are legends. China Railway Museum in Beijing, opened 2003, has many, as half of museum's main hall is dedicated to steam locomotives. There are also diesel and electrical locomotives, passanger coaches and freight wagons.

Premier Zhou EnLai's train coach is open to visitors. Mao's newer carriages were parked near museum building but not open to enter.

In 1949 China had about 4000 steam locomotives. In 1952 China begun to manufacture steam locomotives based on foreign models. In 1958 manufacturing of diesel locomotives started. In 1988 production of steam locomotives ended.

The logo of China Railway has been in use since 1950s. Before revolution, logo was 'flying eagle' which was changed to GongRen (worker) logo (left). In 1950s, workers were the locomotive of the Chinese society, drivers of China's development. Gong is the inner part and Ren is the outer part of the logo. Logo's outlook has also been explained as a train running on a rail. Writing style of the logo is based on ZhuanTi type of font which is commonly used for Chinese carvings.

Taking photos Inside Railway Museum may not be allowed if you give professional impression. During my visit there was only a few visitors. It was allowed to go inside locomotives and coaches. My museum tour took three hours, enjoyed.


BeijingMan aka Kippo

List of BeijingMan Postings

______________________________


China Railway Museum, Beijing. I used Canon 20D with EF-S 10-22mm zoom and EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS zoom, and Speedlite 580EX. Click to enlarge.

Above-1: China Railway Museum Beijing.
About half of the museum's main hall.

Above-2: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Left: General Zhu De's steam locomotive
Right: Chairman Mao ZeDong's steam locomotive
Middleman: Operator of Märklin electrical train set, times ago

Above-3: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Left: General Zhu De's steam locomotive
Right: Chairman Mao ZeDong's steam locomotive

Above-4: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Left: Red banner text: Zhu De Hao
Right: Red banner text: Mao Ze Dong Hao

Above-5: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive, also known as Class JieFang JF-Liberation No.304, JF-304. Length 23,75 meters, wheel arrangement 2-8-2, designed speed 80km/h. Built in Japan in 1941.
Retired from service in 1977.

Above-6: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304.

Above-7: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304.

Above-8: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304.

Above-9: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304.

Above-10: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304.

Above-11: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304.

Above-12: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304.

Above-13: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304. Test drive by BeijingMan.

Above-14: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304.

Above-15: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Mao ZeDong steam locomotive JF-304.

Above-16: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Zhu De steam locomotive, also known as Class JieFang (JF - Liberation) JF-1191. Length 23,91 meters, wheel arrangement 2-8-2, designed speed 80km/h. Built in Japan in 1942.
Retired from service in 1977.

Above-17: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191.

Above-18: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191. Test drive by BeijingMan.

Above-19: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191.

Above-20: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191.

Above-21: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191.

Above-22: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191.

Above-23: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191. Add speed!

Above-24: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191.

Above-25: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191.

Above-26: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Zhu De steam locomotive JF-1191.

Above-27: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Left: General Zhu De JF-1191
Right: Chairman Mao ZeDong JF-304

Above-28: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Left: Chairman Mao ZeDong JF-304
Right: General Zhu De JF-1191

Above-29: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Left: Chairman Mao ZeDong JF-304
Right: General Zhu De JF-1191

Above-30: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class JianShe (Construction) steam locomotive JS-5001. Length 23,39 meters, wheel arrangement 2-8-2, designed speed 85km/h.
Made by Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stocks Works in 1957.
Total number manufactured: 1916 locomotives.

Above-31: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
JS-5001 steam locomotive.

Above-32: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
JS-5001 steam locomotive.

Above-33: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
JS-5001 steam locomotive.

Above-34: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Left: Class QianJin (March On) steam locomotive QJ-101, made in China in 1964, wheel arrangement 2-10-2.
Right: JS-5001 made in China in 1957, length 23,34 meters

Above-35: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Red steam locomotive FD-1979.

Above-36: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Red steam locomotive FD-1979.

Above-37: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Inside red steam locomotive FD-1979.

Above-38: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Inside red steam locomotive FD-1979.

Above-39: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Inside red steam locomotive FD-1979.

Above-40: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Red steam locomotive FD-1979.

Above-41: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Red steam locomotive FD-1979.

Above-42: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Left: Red steam locomotive FD-1979
Right: Black steam locomotive QJ-0001

Above-43: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Steam locomotive QJ-0001.

Above-44: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Inside steam locomotive QJ-0001.

Above-45: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Inside steam locomotive QJ-0001.

Above-46: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Inside steam locomotive QJ-0001.

Above-47: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class KF, KF1-006 steam locomotive. Length 28,41 meters, wheel arrangement 4-8-4, designed speed 100km/h. In total 24 was built for China in U.K. by Vulcan Foundry. KF1-006 was built in 1936.
Retired from service in 1977.

Above-48: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Inside KF1-006 steam locomotive.

Above-49: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
KF1-006 steam locomotive. Wheel arrangement 4-8-4: four leading wheels, eight coupled driving wheels, four trailing wheels.
Decoration: BeijingMan

Above-50: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
KF1-006 wheels and BeijingMan 176cm.

Above-51: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
KF1-006 steam locomotive.

Above-52: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Left: Class QianJin steam locomotive QJ-101, made in China in 1964, wheel arrangement 2-10-2.
Center: Steam locomotive JF-2121
Right: Steam locomotive GJ-1019

Above-53: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Green steam locomotive SL-152.

Above-54: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Left: Green steam locomotive SL-152.
Center: Class Zero steam locomotive
Right, far behind: JF-2101 "National Day"

Above-55: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class Zero steam locomotive, made in Britain in 1881, wheel arrangement 0-4-0 which enables tighter radius curves. Four driving wheels, for assembling/disassembling trains in dockyard.

Above-56: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Class JieFang steam locomotive JF-2101 "National Day". Wheel arrangement 2-8-2. Made in China in 1950.
Retired from service in 1986.

Above-57: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Steam locomotive GJ-1019 and JieFang Class steam locomotive JF-2121 which was made in China in 1952. Wheel arrangement 2-8-2.
Retired from service in 1986.

Above-58: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Left: Steam locomotive GJ-1019
Right: JieFang Class steam locomotive JF-2121

Above-59: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Right: Steam locomotive SL-601

Above-60: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Left: Steam locomotive SL-601
Right: Steam locomotive RM-1001

Above-61: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
- Steam, diesel, I see electricity... then not crystal clear, has it wings!

Above-62: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Left: 0007
Right: DFH 1008

Above-63: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Left: 0001
Right: DHF-0008 made in 1976

Above-64: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
BJ-3003 from 1970.
Decorative image: TianAnMen rostroom

Above-65: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Left: BJ-3003 from 1970
Right: NY-0003

Above-66: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Premier Zhou EnLai's passanger coach GW-97336.

Above-67: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Inside Premier Zhou EnLai's passanger coach: kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, communications, and meeting room.

Above-68: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Inside Premier Zhou EnLai's passanger coach. Meeting room.
- Ly Cha, XieXie! (green tea please)

Above-69: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Inside Premier Zhou EnLai's passanger coach. Bedroom.

Above-70: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Inside Premier Zhou EnLai's passanger coach. Bathroom.

Above-71: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Premier Zhou EnLai's passanger coach.

Above-72: China Railway Museum, Beijing.

Above-73: China Railway Museum, Beijing.

Above-74: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Info panel inside the museum - click to read the story.

Above-75: China Railway Museum, Beijing.
Entrance, and half of the museum building. Need not to work at China Railways to visit and enjoy. We know that locomotives don't die, they become celebrities, and we can't think of celebrities without emotions: I miss that heavy, slow locomotive pooh-pooh, my favorite.

China Railway Museum in Beijing
North of Loop line, No.1 North JiuXianQiao Road
Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: +86-10-64381317
Tickets 20RMB or about 2EUR, $2,5USD
Google Earth: 39.99662N 116.51060E

China Railway Museum, Beijing
+ Excellent locomotive collection
+ Can go inside the locomotives and coaches
+ During my visit not many visitors, no queues
***** EXCELLENT TARGET IF INTERESTED IN LOCOMOTIVES *****


_________________________________
© BeijingMan aka Kippo 2012, 2013

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great to See this ! You look a cool guy also ! I am UK guy, worked for IT NeworkRail, in York. Where they have the KF6 , donated by Beijing to UK! I made it a mission whilst in China, to see the KF7 ,which I did. Fantastic day, at the Railway Museum, Chaoyang District (not the one in the centre of Beijing !). Michael. U.K. carbon4t@hotmail.com

el said...

Had a great visit there a few years ago, do you know when Maos engine last run and if there are any photos or clips of it running?